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Actigall Allergy In Children
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Months: It's a slow acting medication in that regard and not 100% successful. It takes a few months, so stock up patience. ...Read more
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Will Ursodiol stop my psc from progressing and keep me from feeling so fatigued? So far I'm not feeling any better.
There is no: Proven benefit of ursodeoxy cholic acid in PSC other than possibly improving liver enzyme abnormalities. It does not improve symptoms, long term risk for progression, death or need for liver Transplant. It does in PBC, a different condition. Google "aasld guidelines PSC" for a detailed review of the disease. ...Read more
Hi my sgot & spgt are 67, 97. I use to consume 180ml of vodka n daily basis. Should I take ursodiol 300? Please advice
No: The treatment for mild alcoholic hepatitis involves only abstinence from alcohol - and possibly diet as well, including modest amounts of protein and adequate vitamins, including at least 50 mg of b1 (thiamine) and 0.4 mg of Folic Acid per day. How long after stopping alcohol were your liver tests done. It should be repeated in 3-6 months, together with an albumin/inr. Get into a support system. ...Read more
Are some procedure available (non surgical procedure) which can be utilised for removal of gb stone. Do medicine like ursodiol melt gb stone.?
Not very successful: There were medicines made for dissolving gallstones, but they were not very successful, so doctors recommended removing the gall bladder. A G.I. Specialist or a hepatologist (liver specialist) can give more details, but it sounded like only some kinds of small gallstones could be dissolved while other kinds could not; and stones could form again if the diseased gallbladder remained. ...Read more
I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?
Yes, but...: Why bother, when the stones may recur after dissolution? If you are dead-set against gallbladder removal, or have medical contraindications to the surgery, then stone dissolution therapy is an option. Can use oral cheno or urso) which is costly and works about 1/2 the time over 6 months (poor candidates have calcified stones), or direct infusion of mtbe into the biliary tree. 150 mm=6 inch stone?! ...Read more
My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?
Very unlikely: Ursodiol gets it name from urso meaning bear. This is just another form of bile and allergic reactions are extremely unlikely. Ursodiol is mainly used to treat bile sludge and primary biliary cirrhosis. There is urso-forte alarger dose version of ursodiol. But there are no substitutes. ...Read more
I have pbc, overlap of autoimmune hepatitis, I take 2000 mg/day ursodiol and 20 mg/day atorvastatin. Can I do anything to relieve the chronic fatigue?
Bro has 16mm gallstone, the doctor can't rectify if it's cholesterol stones or pigment ones. Can he use ursodiol or actigall or urso medication and see if they dissolve instead of gallbladder removal?
Risk of gallstones: Gallstones remain asymptomatic or cause life threatening infection and obstruction. Docs recommend gallbladder removal when gallstones are diagnosed and patient has symptoms, bloating, belching, pain. The risk/benefit analysis favors gallbladder removal before life threatening complications occur. Dissolving a stone is reserved for patients too high risk for surgery. Be well. ...Read more
Liver diagnosis 60 f -ast302/alt438 ANA pos. Us neg liver biopsy 1st dr diagnosis pri biliary cirrhosis. 2nd dr autoimmune hep. Diangosis ursodiol 5wk retest. Do you agree?
Yes, need follow up: You have a combination of primary biliary cirrhosis (pbc) and autoimmune hepatitis (aih). The treatments are different, ursodeoxycholic acid is used to treat pbc, but may not bring down the ast/alt elevation associated with aih. If the urso does not bring down the ast/alt, you may need additional medications, such as steroids or azathioprine, to control the aih. ...Read more
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read more
Nut allergy: Maybe. Your children may have inherited genes from you that make them more likely to develop an allergy, but they do not inherit a specific allergy to a food e.g. Nuts. The children have to be exposed to food proteins in the diet, before an allergy can develop. Once one develops an allergy then they are always allergic and need proper medical attention to prevent severe problems. ...Read more
Allergy tests: There are several types of testing. Some involve certain types of blood tests. Another method is to do a series of skin tests done by pricking the skin and applying different allergens. Other tests are provocative tests that can involve challanging the patient with allergic materials. Testing should be done by doctors specializing in allergy to obtain the best results. ...Read more
Skin & blood tests: Prick testing with allergenic extracts or fresh foods can help confirm allergy, as can blood tests for specific ige antibodies (rast-type tests). However, both types of testing can produce false positive results, and confirmation with food challenges may be needed. ...Read more
Not exactly: The ability to react to certain proteins in an allergic way is passed on from parents to their children, but a specific allergy is not. So if a mom is allergic to pollen and the dad is allergic to fire ants, their child may develop allergies but it may be to a food instead. If 1 parent has allergies, the child is 50% likely to develop allergies, but it's a 75% chance if both parents are allergic. ...Read more
Can I as a 46 year old, take children's Benadryl. It's all I have in the house and my allergies are terrible.
Okay to use: Okay to use children's Benadryl. Dosage will be 20 ml (4 teaspoons) per dose. ...Read more
Where can I find a statistic for the number of children who died from allergies causing anaphylaxis in the u.S.?
Only overall numbers: The incidence of anaphylaxis in children is unknown. Estimates of anaphylactic deaths (from drugs, foods, insect stings, and latex) in the us are 0.002 percent annually (2 per 100, 000): 500 fatalities from penicillin anaphylaxis; 40 fatalities from bee stings; 125-150 from food anaphylaxis. ...Read more
My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?
I give my 17mnth old 1/2 teaspoon of children's zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies but some days it's not enough. Can I increase the dose or try something differ t?
Do not increase: A 17 month old should not have allergies to inhaled items like dust or pollen. Zyrtec (cetirizine) could cause drowsiness and I would avoid long term use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in your child. If your child has a runny or stuffy nose that is unresponsive to zyrtec (cetirizine) then see your doctor to make sure there isn't an infection brewing. ...Read more
Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read more